Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 vs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 review

Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 provides a cushy and smooth ride to high-mileage runners or those needing recovery. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides a cushy and protective ride for long runs.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 are both top-of-the-line neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who want to put in a lot of miles, so they should compare well against each other.

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The upper of the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differs quite a bit from that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has mainly no-sew overlays in its upper in the form of FluidFit that provide you with a glove-like fit, while still giving you enough support in all the right places.

The Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 implements traditional stitched-on overlays that wrap the heel, the front of the shoe, and connect the saddle to the midsole.

The toe box of the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 is quite open with no overlays running over it. However, there are underlays in the forefoot area to provide some degree of support and a good fit in that area.

And while the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 does not have an external heel counter like the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 does to cup your heel better at the back, you can rest assured that it provides enough support at the back of the heel.

Both running shoes provide support in their upper where you need it most, but the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 may turn out to be just a tad bit more supportive, especially around the midfoot.

Differences between the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 continue in the midsole where they implement entirely different technologies to provide cushioning.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has a FluidRide midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning. The midsole consists of two layers of foam with the top one closest to the foot being the softer one and the bottom one the more responsive one.

And then in between those two layers, there is GEL cushioning both in the heel and in the forefoot to provide more cushioning.

The Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 has some sort of sandwiching going on too with its U4ic midsole providing heel-to-toe cushioning with a Wave Plate in the middle running along the entire length of the midsole.

The Wave Plate is meant to provide shock attenuation, but also some degree of stabilization.

And unlike the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, which does not have its GEL cushioning being connected at the midfoot, the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 Wave Plate continues running through the midfoot, so has a greater potential to provide you with a smoother ride than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that both the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 are very cushy running shoes.

However, for men, the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 provides more heel cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, while the difference in forefoot cushioning is almost negligible with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 being just a little more cushy.

For women, the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 again has a more cushy heel, and a slighly less cushy forefoot than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

So if you are a heel-striker, whether male or female, the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 may suit you better than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

The rubber outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 are pretty traditional with a midfoot shank to maintain midfoot integrity and reinforcement.

The midfoot shank consists of two pieces under the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, while the Wave Plate acts as a midfoot shank under the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5.

There is good separation between the rubber compartments, especially under the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, which should allow it to provide you with good shock dissipation.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 also has more flex grooves in the forefoot in addition to its vertical flex groove (Guidance Line) that helps you obtain a more efficient gait.

The Wave Plate has been segmented in the forefoot of the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 to help make the running shoe flexible. However, running shoe lab tests have shown that it still remains a pretty stiff running shoe for both men and women.

And while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is a bit more flexible in the men's version, it can also be seen as a quite stiff running shoe. For women, the difference in flexibility between the two running shoes is minimal.

Both running shoes are good for heavier runners who can deal with such stiffness or for runners who prefer such stiffness in running shoes.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 weighs approximately 10.0 oz (283 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 for women weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

The Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 look very much like each other in what they provide runners with. If you are a high-mileage runner or a runner looking for lots of protection from the road or lots of cushioning for recovery, either running shoe could give you what you are after.

There aren't many differentiation points, other than the amount of heel cushioning and flexibility in the men's version of the shoes, the way the two running shoes look, and their weight with the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 being slightly lighter than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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